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by bob75013
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest grounds 130 Boeing jets due to "weight data discrepancies"
Replies: 59
Views: 13129

Re: Southwest grounds 130 Boeing jets due to "weight data discrepancies"

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/southwes ... 07915.html
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"Southwest says half of grounded Boeing 737-800 planes back in service"

So this, obviously, was not a big deal...

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/southwes ... 07915.html

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by bob75013
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid
Replies: 83
Views: 14088

Re: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid

Then there is the 6-7 hours / night / plane it spends on deep cleaning every aircraft. I know WN stated they are spending 6-7 hours per night per aircraft on deep cleaning, but I'm not sure I'm buying it. Only 20% of WN's fleet is still in storage which means WN has around 590 planes in service. Fo...

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by bob75013
Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid
Replies: 83
Views: 14088

Re: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid

kiowa wrote:
If a chemical is put on an armrest and will kill a virus effectively for 90 days, what does that chemical do to your skin?


Perhaps you could get the answer to that question and share it with us.

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by bob75013
Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid
Replies: 83
Views: 14088

Re: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid

Southwest is applying an anti microbal spray with a 30 day lffe span on every surface - thus is probably is not necessary to clean things between every flight. Then there is the 6-7 hours / night / plane it spends on deep cleaning every aircraft. There is a difference between antimicrobial and anti...

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by bob75013
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid
Replies: 83
Views: 14088

Re: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid

Southwest is applying an anti microbal spray with a 30 day lffe span on every surface - thus is probably is not necessary to clean things between every flight.

Then there is the 6-7 hours / night / plane it spends on deep cleaning every aircraft.

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by bob75013
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 296568

Re: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752

Sweden has announced that Iran has agreed to compensate the survivors of the victims of the crash. It is hard to believe that Iran is more honorable than Russia, which did the same thing and has refused to accept responsibility. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/iran-agrees-compensate-families-vict...

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by bob75013
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 720
Views: 79943

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

Looks like they changed the format for the data https://i.imgur.com/mtJqgaa.png https://i.imgur.com/YPeZu6j.png Very good to see 2 of AA's 3 most important hubs outperforming all other major markets in the country. Maybe not. There are two airports in Dallas, and the one I flew pout of yesterday (n...

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by bob75013
Sat May 23, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines planning on squeezing competitors in weaker positions
Replies: 236
Views: 39105

Re: Southwest Airlines planning on squeezing competitors in weaker positions

Playing devil's advocate, how applicable is the "Southwest Effect" over the next few months? I get that passenger numbers are on their way up, but how much latent traffic is there to actually be stimulated? I can only talk about one route that I fly a lot: Dallas / Chicago Looking at July...

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by bob75013
Thu May 21, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SLC Airport to Close Existing Concourses as new ones open
Replies: 66
Views: 8921

Re: SLC Airport to Close All Existing Gates in September

Slice it anyway you want but SLC is a net loser in this pandemic. Apart from their large reliance on DL, the LDS international church traffic (has) will take a foreseeable hit. Expansion is an LDS tenet...things have changed. Fly in skiers for the 20/21 season will be virtually non existent, and on...

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by bob75013
Thu May 21, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 431
Views: 74462

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2020

Is this a sign that their initially ridiculed strategy of not cutting as much as the others is paying off? I would think UADL have much worse numbers compared to normal (instead perhaps load factor) than WN/AA do. Any good news is still good news for everyone. In WN’s case, it’s probably more of a ...

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by bob75013
Thu May 21, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SLC Airport to Close Existing Concourses as new ones open
Replies: 66
Views: 8921

Re: SLC Airport to Close All Existing Gates in September

Slice it anyway you want but SLC is a net loser in this pandemic. Apart from their large reliance on DL, the LDS international church traffic (has) will take a foreseeable hit. Expansion is an LDS tenet...things have changed. Fly in skiers for the 20/21 season will be virtually non existent, and on...

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by bob75013
Sat May 16, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston skyline height restrictions
Replies: 61
Views: 9028

Re: Boston skyline height restrictions

Not just for BFI, SEA as well. When Columbia Center (current tallest building in Seattle) was proposed, it was initially planned for a height of 1,006 feet but was reduced to a height of 933 feet at the insistence of the FAA because of it's proximity to the final approaches to SEA. A somewhat recen...

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by bob75013
Fri May 08, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin
Replies: 97
Views: 25400

Re: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin

Reports I heard on Dallas TV news this morning indicated that the pilot did see the victim, tried to avoid, but could not.

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by bob75013
Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020
Replies: 542
Views: 99610

Re: WN CEO makes course reversal on airline size.

Would you say that a future Southwest might build several HUB alike focus cities? If so maybe cities like PHX and former east coast legacy hubs/focus cities might benefits the most. I am thinking cities like Nashville, St. Luis and Cincinnati. It already has: BWI, MDW, DEN, DAL immediately come to ...

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by bob75013
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boutique Air PC-12 Down at Mesquite KHQZ
Replies: 31
Views: 8715

Re: Boutique Air PC-12 Down at Mesquite KHQZ

The wings were torn off and burned.T he fuselage remained intact. The video I saw included the trench the plane dug. At the end of the trench it looks like the fuselage made a 90 degree turn with the burning wings further back of the trench https://www.fox4news.com/news/single-engine-plane-crashes-n...

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by bob75013
Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will flying be a luxury from now on?
Replies: 28
Views: 3009

Re: Will flying be a luxury from now on?

IMO as long as he ULCCs survive airfares will remain low. Legacies will have no choice except to match. So, no, flying will not turn into a luxury. OTOH, a projected 30% unemployment rate in the US will be a strong damper on the desire/ability of most to fly. I don't expect to see 50% load factors a...

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by bob75013
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will this be the year Southwest Airlines finally doesn't make a profit?
Replies: 49
Views: 5354

Re: Will this be the year Southwest Airlines finally doesn't make a profit?

You are excluding things like long-term debt which isn't reflected in current liabilities. You still have to make payments on those as well. This makes situation even worse for legacies. Especially AA which has significantly more debt that UA or DL. Actually, the portion of long term debt that is c...

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by bob75013
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will this be the year Southwest Airlines finally doesn't make a profit?
Replies: 49
Views: 5354

Re: Will this be the year Southwest Airlines finally doesn't make a profit?

[quote="AMALH747430" The other three legacies also have the advantage of being able to better match aircraft size to demand. WN cannot do that. .[/quote] I'd be surprised if WN makes a 2020 profit, but it stands a better chance of avoiding bankruptcy, unlike it's legacy carrier competition...

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by bob75013
Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does anyone here happen to work for Textron Aviation who know the status of the upcoming summer internship program?
Replies: 4
Views: 1035

Re: Does anyone here happen to work for Textron Aviation who know the status of the upcoming summer internship program?

If Textron has furloughed 7/8 of it's American employees, you have no future at Textron.

It's time for you to move on to any viable offer.

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by bob75013
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport construction projects question
Replies: 74
Views: 10714

Re: Airport construction projects question

I would imagine that DFW will put the new terminal into "hold" status as not much as been done yet.

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by bob75013
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United facing class action over refunds
Replies: 29
Views: 3094

Re: United facing class action over refunds

At least for flights that takeoff or land in the United States, the federal Department of Transportation rules apply: 1) If the airline cancels, the airline must refund if requested, and that applies to corollary fees such as seat fees, too. 2) The is no refund requirement when the passenger cancels...

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by bob75013
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 500
Views: 251025

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/02/ge-avia ... eighs.html
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GE Aviation to furlough 50% of its engine manufacturing staff as coronavirus weighs

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/02/ge-avia ... eighs.html

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by bob75013
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: I wonder what Neelman will do about Moxy
Replies: 6
Views: 857

I wonder what Neelman will do about Moxy

This isn't exactly the best time to launch a new airline

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by bob75013
Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to Restart Washington State Aircraft Production
Replies: 144
Views: 19147

Re: Boeing to Stop Washington State Aircraft Production

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/23/business ... index.html
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"Boeing said it will keep a 787 assembly line in South Carolina open at this time, as well as military and helicopter assembly lines near St. Louis and Philadelphia."

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/23/business ... index.html

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by bob75013
Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to Restart Washington State Aircraft Production
Replies: 144
Views: 19147

Re: Boeing to Stop Washington State Aircraft Production

There's nothing in the article that says that Charleston is shutting down, but that would not surprise me at some point in the future.

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by bob75013
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to Restart Washington State Aircraft Production
Replies: 144
Views: 19147

Boeing to Restart Washington State Aircraft Production

finance.yahoo.com/news/boeing-halt-washington-state-production-164727956.html "SEATTLE, March 23 (Reuters) - Boeing Co will halt production temporarily at its twin-aisle jetliner factory in Washington state due to the spread of coronavirus, the U.S. planemaker said on Monday, following a simila...

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by bob75013
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MDW ATC Shutdown 3/17/2020
Replies: 43
Views: 7588

Re: MDW ATC Shutdown 3/17/2020

I was there tonight and saw it firsthand.

Passengers were rather docile because there were so few of them. The multiple re-ticket points had no more than 5 each in line.

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by bob75013
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest adding Steamboat Springs
Replies: 86
Views: 11956

Re: Southwest adding Steamboat Springs

Adding Steamboat seems like a decent idea (although with the MAX how will they source it?), but to Denver??? That part makes no sense. There will be no local market at all and Southwest doesn’t even have a truly banked hub. This will lose tons of money based on any industry typical modern measure o...

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by bob75013
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest adding Steamboat Springs
Replies: 86
Views: 11956

Re: Southwest adding Steamboat Springs

Well, this was certainly a surprise. There has to be a subsidy from some organization. If WN was going after a BIG ski destination, it would have picked EGE, with Vail and Beaver Creek numbering something like 2.6+ million ski days a year. Also close to Summit County which adds another 3 million ski...

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by bob75013
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 198
Views: 37155

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

Now a few weeks short of 6 years later. Here's an article that proposes that high level Malaysian authorities have always beleived that this was a case of murder suicide by the pilot -- says an ex Australian PM https://www.foxnews.com/world/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-pilot-suspected-mass-suicide-g...

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by bob75013
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest misses on Q4 Earnings
Replies: 72
Views: 11102

Re: Southwest misses on Q4 Earnings

I’m not actually all that concerned about their numbers. They could be better but I don’t consider them worrisome for the airline. If you look at the full year it is a long way from a disaster Southwest airlines managed to earn higher fares by $3.34 per average passenger which mitigated MAX problem...

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by bob75013
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Accusation: FAA acted improperly in approving WN Hawaii flying
Replies: 87
Views: 14670

Re: Accusation: FAA acted improperly in approving WN Hawaii flying

He's too smart to comment on an article that dumb. So, I made popcorn for nothing? Darn. Or perhaps the facts outweigh the bluster? Again this is the WSJ in business since 1889. They have integrity and a reputation for quality reporting. WN has a reputation of FAA fines, cozy relationships that res...

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by bob75013
Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Accusation: FAA acted improperly in approving WN Hawaii flying
Replies: 87
Views: 14670

Re: FAA acted improperly in approving WN Hawaii flying

mcdu wrote:

Of course my skepticism about WN compliance isn't applicable to anything other than my desire to see them exposed for what they truly are. .


Thank you for clarifying your position.

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by bob75013
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2020
Replies: 120
Views: 19054

Re: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2020

Here are the load factors for WN nonstop flights out of DAL in October 2019: DAL-ABQ - 72.58% DAL-AMA - 68.17% DAL-ATL - 78.44% DAL-AUS - 74.01% DAL-BHM - 82.67% DAL-BNA - 81.99% DAL-BOS - 91.94% DAL-BUR - 90.74% DAL-BWI - 83.07% DAL-CHS - 77.22% DAL-CLE - 90.47% DAL-CLT - 84.58% DAL-CMH - 82.78% D...

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by bob75013
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2020
Replies: 120
Views: 19054

Re: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2020

Just noticed that TKI is planning to add 1500 feet to it's runway length. 8502 feet should be long enough for commecial service.

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by bob75013
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US DoT Proposes ban on Emotional Support Animals other than trained dogs
Replies: 103
Views: 12183

Re: US DoT bans all Emotional Support Animals other than trained dogs

Wonderful news for air travellers: The US Department of Transportation announced today that it would be banning all emotional support animals other than specially trained dogs. Airlines will also be able to require that ESA's remain on a leash or harness, and fit in the area under the seat. . Actua...

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by bob75013
Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN's Hawaii "win" vs. majors/HA partnering
Replies: 53
Views: 9539

Re: WN's Hawaii "win" vs. majors/HA partnering

i'm sure someone will start a separate thread, but WSJ is reporting that FAA improperly 'lowered the bar' for WN's ETOPS approval: U.S. air-safety regulators likely acted improperly in the way they authorized Southwest Airlines Co. LUV +0.09% to begin flights between California and Hawaii last year...

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by bob75013
Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN's Hawaii "win" vs. majors/HA partnering
Replies: 53
Views: 9539

Re: WN's Hawaii "win" vs. majors/HA partnering

Intra-island on a 737 works but back and forth to the mainland is painfull. 4 hours on a 737. Yuk!! An economy seat on an airliner is an economy seat. The only difference usually is seat width; admittedly, the 737 has narrower seats than some. But there are many other aircraft that have just as nar...

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by bob75013
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 296568

Re: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752

I wonder if some or all of the passengers died just after the missile hit or when the plane hit the ground. Likely it happened so quickly that there was no time for any pax to leave a note or take a picture on their cellphones. If reports of the missle exploding at the left front of the aircraft ar...

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by bob75013
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 431
Views: 74462

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2020

SK is planning on replacing its 737-700 and 737-800 planes with A320neo planes during the next three years, and WN might be able to possibly acquire some used 737-700's and 737-800's from SK in order to address the plane shortage that WN is currently facing as a result of the 737 MAX grounding. KL ...

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by bob75013
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 296568

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

The vertical fin being quite far back from the crash site suggests either that the missile hit it, or that the pilots were too aggressive (or there was some mechanical issue) trying to bring stability to the plane, or a bit of both. The vertical fin is at the end of the debris field of the crash si...

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by bob75013
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy
Replies: 99
Views: 13007

Re: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy

WN needs to do someone to place a fare on search engines to match Spirit. As much as we all like something for nothing, costs must be reduced to be competitive. Lightsaber Southwest ain't going to put it's fares on search engines for the general public, but for business travel offices it's happenin...

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by bob75013
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy
Replies: 99
Views: 13007

Re: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy

I know that a portion of this can be attributed to the MAX issue constraining their ability to grow capacity, but this is a trend that has been forming for a long time - really since the early 2010's. WN is stuck in the middle - and they're running out of routes to grow into with their current flee...

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by bob75013
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy
Replies: 99
Views: 13007

Re: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy

SWA will also eventually add fees too, its inevitable... Really??? WN's GPM is already better than about everyone else's -- and "no fees" is a marketing plan that draws in customers by the tens of millions. Why alienate that customer base when you are alreaedy the most profiable airline. ...

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by bob75013
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy
Replies: 99
Views: 13007

Re: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy

WN needs to do someone to place a fare on search engines to match Spirit. As much as we all like something for nothing, costs must be reduced to be competitive. Lightsaber Why??????????????? Southwest's load factors are about the same as the majors it competes with. It's profitability is better tha...

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by bob75013
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taos Air to Hawthorne Airport & Carlsbad Airport, CA
Replies: 41
Views: 5325

Re: Taos Air to Hawthorne Airport & Carlsbad Airport, CA

Hawthorne and Carlsbad??? I give it 3 months max. Well, the flights are only being flown through March, so you're prediction is already correct. :D Taos Air is actually owned by the same company that owns Taos ski resort, so it is likely heavily subsidized. In addition to the aforementioned other t...

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by bob75013
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taos Air to Hawthorne Airport & Carlsbad Airport, CA
Replies: 41
Views: 5325

Re: Taos Air to Hawthorne Airport & Carlsbad Airport, CA

5832589 Forgot to add, that flights are operated on a 30-seat Dornier 328. In fact, I just realized, you can book yourself a Hawthorne to Dallas flight via Taos, New Mexico for a cool $290.00 one way. You can also book a Carlsbad - Austin TX for about the same price. Not bad! Because what is there ...

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by bob75013
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Boeing extend 737 NG production to cover over the MAX?
Replies: 53
Views: 7510

Re: Should Boeing extend 737 NG production to cover over the MAX?

Simple logic: Airline buy 737 MAX Boeing give you 737NG You not get what you buy. Airline buy 737 NG You get a proven safe aircraft with no issues. You get to solve your capacity issues without waiting forever for a MAX resolution. You possess an aircraft the passengers will not hesitate to board. ...

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by bob75013
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fuel Truck Takes Out 2 American Eagle Aircraft at DFW
Replies: 45
Views: 12308

Re: Fuel Truck Takes Out 2 American Eagle Aircraft at DFW

Actually there are two videos in the link. The second shows the result of the incident. The first shows the incident.

Apparently the driver was driving towards what I called aircraft 2 and swideswiped what I called aircraft 1 - before fully impacting aircraft 2.

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